Recently in a conversation I express to someone my frustration with some emerging missional types who often quote and oversimplify the phrase- find out what God is doing out there and join him. This is a wonderful concept do not get me wrong. But many times what I hear sounds more like Christians going around with their noses up high smelling for the latest popular activity in town and blessing it with some holy water in order to join the cool and relevant crowd. I’ve been guilty of that myself.
This is when I show my real colors as not emerging enough. I am not ready to fully embrace popular and consumer culture as part of my missional engagement. I understand the concept of contextualization and incarnation, but I understand them as counter-cultural, not in mere pragmatic terms.
My thoughts recently have been taking to desire a direction in which Christians out of Kingdom values dare to create alternatives to our current culture. Not just using popular and consumer culture as a way of engaging, but bringing to existence glimpses of God’s Kingdom, windows of heavens, enclave from the future. If we really believe that another world is possible, then I believe it is time to make it real.
We have so much to learn from many of the new democratic and participatory global groups and movements like the World Social Forum and Encounter of the Zapatista Peoples with the Peoples of the World – which engage in concrete action towards building another world, at any level from the local to the international.
I believe that if we move passed the cult to our popular religious heroes and the power politiks of the new religious cool – we could take the world by surprise with the Kingdom that is within us.